Search this Site:
Categories

Archive for the ‘TIS’ Category

PostHeaderIcon LYNC VideoConferencing Installation Instructions

For those of you that are ready to Install “Lync Video Conferencing” this year and try it, the installation instructions are attached to this email.  Please DO NOT feel like you have to do this installation this year.  This is only for those that would like to test or play with Lync in order to begin planning for ways to utilize this wonderful tool next year.  You only need a webcam with a microphone or an external microphone/headset for sound.  **You can also install this on your home computer and play with this during the summer. **

 

*Remember that you can “invite” others to a meeting so they do not need a video conferencing account (Lync, Skype, etc.) of their own in order to conference. 

To learn more about this feature, please contact me. *

 

NOTE:  In order to install Lync, you must be logged into WEBMAIL (through the Internet). Please remember that this must be installed on “every” computer where you plan to use Lync Video Conferencing.

 

Webmail vs. Outlook Desktop Application

 

Webmail –Through the Internet at http://login.microsoftonline.com (school link, district link, shortcut link, etc.). If you have an Internet bar at the top of your screen, you are using webmail.  You will also have a TAB with your name if you are using webmail.

Outlook Desktop Application – You will NOT have an Internet bar at the top of your screen. You will have an Outlook icon on your desktop.  Your name will appear at top of the screen and say “Microsoft Outlook” to the right of your name.

 

 

Apps:  Lync 2013 is an iPad app and Lync 2010 is an Android app if you would like to install it on one of those devices.  Even if you don’t have a camera on your device, you can use the messaging section within Lync.

 

Additional Information can be found on our District Technology site:  http://ww2.bullittschools.org/technology/?page_id=1848

Have a great day,

Susan

PostHeaderIcon Weekly Tech TIPS wk. of 5/7/2012

Hello!  You will find some Technology Info / Resources listed below.  These items will also be posted on my blog site (http://blogs.bullittschools.org/susanjenkins). Best of luck during testing! Please don’t hesitate to contact me for your technology integrations needs and questions as we head toward the end of the school year.

  • Technology PD  - Our LAST district technology PD (Teacher Academy) for this school year is scheduled for THIS ThursdayMay 10th, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Roby Elementary School. This will be an “Open Lab” so bring tools and questions and the TISs will be on hand to assist you with your needs in technology integration.  Please follow this link to our newly created PD Registration site to register for the May 10th PD - http://webapps.bullittschools.org/secure/bcpd/.

 

  • Technology Mini Conference – We want YOU to PRESENT! On July 31st from 9 AM – 3 PM, the Bullitt County Technology Department will be hosting a Technology Mini-Conference held here in Bullitt County.  Entitled Technology World:  It’sYour Pre-Vacation Destination, this event will feature “teachers from within our district as presenters.”  Each 45-minute presentation may showcase various technology tools, integration techniques, and strategies using technology to increase student engagement, enhance the common core standards, support college/career readiness, and increase students’ literacy and technology skills.  We want you, the teachers, to present and share during this conference.  Teachers of all grade and skill levels are encouraged to present; please share your technology expertise (big or small).  Click Here to fill out the application to present! Details will be coming very soon about registering to attend the Mini Tech Conference Day. 

 mickey_ipad

  • Technology Mini Conference – We want YOU to ATTEND!  You have read the details above and now you want to come and learn from the wonderful presenters that we have lined up!  Visit the BCPS PD (http://webapps.bullittschools.org/secure/bcpd/) site to register to attend this mini conference day on July 31st.  Participants will receive 6 hours of PD credit for the 2012 – 2013 school year. 

 

Have a wonderful week,

Susan

PostHeaderIcon Weekly Tech TIPS wk. of 3/12/2012

Hello! Some quick Technology tips and resources are listed below along with my calendar. These items will also be posted on my blog site (http://blogs.bullittschools.org/susanjenkins). If you would like to schedule time to meet, please email me some good days and times.  Be thinking of projects you would like to do with your class and try to get those dates scheduled as soon as possible.

  1. Technology PD Our next district technology PD (Teacher Academy) is scheduled for TUESDAYApril 3rd, from 4 – 6 p.m. at Eastside Middle School. The topic will be “SMART Notebook / SMART Board.” This training will be for Middle and High School Staff Only.  Elementary folks, please remember that you have a different type of board with different software (ActivBoard with ActivInspire).  Please follow this link to our newly created PD Registration site to register for the April 3rd PD - http://webapps.bullittschools.org/secure/bcpd/.
  2. KySTE Presentations at the State Technology Conference this week – All presentations and associated materials are listed on the KySTE site (click on the word presentations above to get to the site).
  1. iPad/ iPod Resources
    1. Tour Wrist- (TourWrist – linked to iTunes Store). Great app for writing prompts, planning, touring around the world or on adventures outside of the classroom.  Amazing videography and panning affects…wonderful for writing.
    2. Professor Garfield on Cyberbullying –(Professor Garfied on Cyberbullying – linked to iTunes Store)– Quick app on cyberbullying with scenarios, prompting, and embedded lessons on cyberbullying.
    3. Appitichttp://appitic.com/ – collection of 1800+ apps for Education (use drop-downs at top for specific items)
  1. Web Resources –  http://ww2.bullittschools.org/technology/ > click on the Resources tab and then click on the type of resource you are looking for (Teacher Resources, Student Website Resources, etc.)
    1. How J Say: free online talking dictionary
    1. Wiffit: Similar to WallWisher but can be used effectively with Mobile Devices, texting, etc.
    1. 30 Web Tools in 60 Minutes: A variety of web tools shared at the KySTE Conference this week.

Have a great week,

Susan

PostHeaderIcon Weekly Tech TIPS wk. of 3/5/12

Hello! Some quick Technology tips and resources are listed below. If you would like to schedule time to meet, please email me some good days and times.  Be thinking of projects you would like to do with your class and try to get those dates scheduled as soon as possible.

NOTE: The other TIS’s and I will be out of the district this week attending the state technology conference (KySTE) in downtown Louisville.  I will have sporadic email access so please know that I will respond according to accessibility and time allowance.  If there is an emergency, contact your building STC and they will proceed accordingly.  Otherwise, please do a work order or email me and I will get back with you upon my return on Monday (March 12th).

  1. 1. Technology PD Our next district technology PD (Teacher Academy) is scheduled for TUESDAYApril 3rd, from 4 – 6 p.m. at Eastside Middle School. The topic will be “SMART Notebook / SMART Board.” This training will be for Middle and High School Staff OnlyElementary folks, please remember that you have a different type of board with different software. Please follow this link to our newly created PD Registration site to register for the April 3rd PD - http://webapps.bullittschools.org/secure/bcpd/.
  1. iPad/ iPod / Computer App Resources
  1. Lino It – (http://en.linoit.com/ OR http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lino-online-stickies/id416718906?mt=8). Lino It allows you to create a digital bulletin board for notes for yourself as well as easy collaboration with students.  Create an account on the website and it also transfers to the IPAD and IPHONE App for quick reference and productivity.
    1. Use Your Handwriting –(http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/use-your-handwriting/id317514393?mt=8)– Use Your Handwriting® (UYH) is a powerful yet simple way to organize and express yourself. Instead of typing items in, Use Your Handwriting lets you write them by hand (well, by finger) – and with its unique graphic rendering engine, makes what you write look like your actual handwriting!
    2. BCPS App Resources PD Wikispace – http://bcpsipadresources.wikispaces.com/
  1. Web Resources –  http://ww2.bullittschools.org/technology/ > click on the Resources tab and then click on the type of resource you are looking for (Teacher Resources, Student Website Resources, etc.)
  1. Socrative: smart student response system online; engage students through phones, laptops, tablets with teacher sign in and student sign in for different purposes
  1. BibMe: Fully Automatic Bibliography Maker to easily create an entire bibliography, different citations for each source type
    1. Math Zone: A variety of Interactive Math Activites

Have a great week,

Susan

PostHeaderIcon Weekly Tech TIPS wk. of 1/3/12

Welcome back and Happy New Year! Some quick Technology tips and resources are listed below along with my calendar. These items will also be posted on my blog site (http://blogs.bullittschools.org/susanjenkins). If you would like to schedule time to meet, please check my calendar below for availability (marked as FREE) and email me some good days and times.  Be thinking of projects you would like to do with your class and try to get those dates scheduled as soon as possible (January is filling up quickly so I’ve already started scheduling in February).

  • Technology PD Our next district technology PD (Teacher Academy) is scheduled for THURSDAYJanuary 19th, from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Roby Elementary Computer Lab. The topic will be “OPEN Lab with an emphasis on previous PD’s or One-to-One Collaboration. Previous PD’s have covered Clickers and other Classroom Performance Systems, Safe Searching with Google and Bing, Classroom Discussions and Collaborations through Edmodo, LiveBinders, Moodle, Wallwisher, Skype, Wikispaces, etc., iPad/iPod Applications, and Technology Tools for Math. These resources can be found on our Technology Resource Site under Resources > Teacher Resources > PD Resources:   http://ww2.bullittschools.org/technology/?page_id=1146
    1. Please follow this link to register for the January 19th PD – http://ww4.bullittschools.org/pd/events.asp. Keep in mind that the PD site has had connection issues recently.  If the site is down, please try later in the day, the next morning, or just show up to the PD if you are unable to register on the site.
    2. If you have specific questions about an interactive tool and you are unsure if we have that tool available at Roby ES, if possible, please bring that tool with you to the PD.  We will have Promethean and SMART software loaded but only have access to Promethean Boards, Elmo Document Cameras, CPS Clickers, and ActivSlates at Roby.
    3. PD Certificates will be sent to the principal after sign-in and participation.
  • Acessing BCPS Wireless – Please note that if you or your students are accessing the BCPS Wi-fi there are specific guidelines to follow.  The differences between BCPSNet and BCPSMobile are explained here:  http://ww2.bullittschools.org/technology/?page_id=1133.  Please see me if you have questions about accessing wireless.
  • Sub / Student Teacher Accounts –
  • Sub Folder / Logins Substitute teachers have accounts after they have officially been hired (with background checks). The directions for saving “digital files” and lesson plan information for subs to access is attached to this email. Remember that “long-term” subs have email and saving rights, but “short-term/daily” subs only have login rights (no email or file saving) so that they can use the technology in your room without having to share your passwords (this includes KETMedia…download and save any videos within the folder and do not leave your login information).  You SHOULD NOT share your passwords (not even for United Streaming or Promethean Planet) with anyone.
  • Student TeachersStudent Teachers are now eligible to have a user account in order to streamline the process of communicating with their cooperating teacher(s).  These accounts will be active for the length of the student teaching assignment only and will be set to expire at the end of the assignment.  Student teachers will have email access but NOT be on the school distribution list…the cooperating teacher will need to forward any relevant information to the student teacher as necessary.  Please see your school STC for more information on gaining user accounts for student teachers.
  • WordPress Websites / Blogs – Please remember when logging into your WordPress site that your username does NOT have a dot between your first and last name. (example: susanjenkins)  Also, the “Forgot Password” option on the login page is not activated so this will not give you your correct username or password.  If you have forgotten your username/password; please email me and I will reset it for you.
    1. Problems SAVING in WordPress – If you are experiencing problems saving in WordPress, you are probably working in a newer version of Internet Explorer than the version allowed in WordPress. So, to solve these saving issues, you must click on “Compatibility Mode” while in Internet Explorer (see picture below). Click the button by the web address that looks like a broken piece of paper. This will convert the items on your blog to fit the version of Internet Explorer you have and allow your items to post correctly.  If you have any problems or issues, please let me know.  compatibility
    2. Many of you have been reminded by your principal to be sure to keep your WordPress site updated (specifically taking off the old Study Island link and adding Compass Learning).  Don’t forget that you can access the District WordPress Manual on the Technology Site to help guide you in answering questions that you may have http://ww2.bullittschools.org/technology/?page_id=443

Have a great week,

Susan

PostHeaderIcon Weekly Tech TIPS wk. of 10/10/11

Hello Everyone,

Have a wonderful week! Fall Break is on the way!! Some quick Technology Tips and resources are listed below. If you would like to schedule time to meet, (sorry to say that there aren’t that many left in October but if you want to look ahead to November, please let me know) email me some good days and times.

Remember this year’s motto: True Technology INTEGRATION lets the curriculum drive the instructional technology tool to meet the objective/needs and not the reverse.

  1. Technology PD Our next district technology PD (Teacher Academy) is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th, from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Roby Elementary Computer Lab. The topic will be Tips & Tricks for Google Searching. This PD will cover Google Tools, Google Safe Searching, and Search hints/tricks/tips that align with the Common Core Standards. Please follow this link to register http://ww4.bullittschools.org/pd/events.asp. PD Certificates will be sent to the principal after sign-in and participation.
  2. SPAM / Phishing E-mailThere have been MANY SPAM emails surfacing in email boxes around the district.  These DO NOT come from us or anyone in your contact list and they DO NOT mean that “you or your computer has a virus.”  There is nothing that BCPS or KDE can do about this SPAM email getting through the email system.  In fact, about 99% of the email coming into the state email servers are SPAM, so as you can see it does a pretty good job with filtering most of the junk.
  • Please do not open the email, forward the email, or send the email to anyone else. 
  • Please click DELETE and know the signs of a SPAM email (as shown below in the Cyber Security picture) for future reference. 
  • This email may also show up in your JUNK email box so you may want to periodically check that box and delete unneeded items. 
  • Emptying your JUNK and DELETED items frequently will help clean up your mailbox from time to time.    

 

3.  eLocker / H: Drive / Documents The three words listed, here, are where your files are synced together and refer to the same location on our network server and the computer to which you are logged on.  Many of you may have noticed that the status bar on your eLocker / H: drive is showing up red.  This is not, necessarily, because you have too much on your individual eLocker but because the server in general is full. Please do not panic if you see the red bar on your eLocker.  The Tech Department is aware and are working through these issues.

4.   Program Review The Student Learning Department and the District Technology team are working together to develop and streamline the process for conducting the three program reviews. Technology is working to build a district wide solution for electronic storage so that all parties who need to are able to evaluate when the time comes. In October, we will do a workshop with principals, coaches, and teachers involved to explain the process and the new technology. Please continue teaching the curriculum as normal and collecting work samples and more information will come soon as to how to appropriately make items available for review.

PostHeaderIcon Weekly Tech Tips wk. of 9/5/2011

Hello Everyone,

I hope that you had a refreshing 3 day weekend!  Some quick Technology Tips and resources are listed below.  If you would like to schedule time to meet, please email some good days and times. 

Remember this year’s motto: True Technology INTEGRATION lets the curriculum drive the instructional technology tool to meet the objective/needs and not the reverse.

  1. Technology PD Our next district technology PD (Teacher Academy) is scheduled for Thursday, September 22nd,  from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Roby Elementary Computer Lab.  The topic will be CPS / eInstruction Clickers  This session will cover various uses of the CPS / eInstruction student response system (clickers). Please follow this link to register http://ww4.bullittschools.org/pd/events.asp. PD Certificates will be sent to the principal after sign-in and participation.
  2. Outlook Email Client– Many people are accessing email via the Outlook Web Access either by going through www.outlook.com or following the link on the district website.  This is perfectly okay to do, but we wanted to make you aware that you can also setup the Microsoft Outlook 2010 Client to use on your classroom computer.  The Client has a few more features especially for those of you who use calendar and contact options on a frequent basis.  The directions for setting up the Outlook 2010 Client are linked below.
  3. Computer Updates If you look in the bottom RIGHT corner of your computer screen, you will see update notifications from time to time.  To check for these updates click on the triangle and a notification window will pop up. These appear periodically after network updates especially to JAVA and Adobe that you need to activate. Please refer to the directions linked below to install needed updates to your computer when they appear.
  4. Clicker Channel / Device Manager  - When using the clickers for the first time or after a long hiatus on a computer the channel on the software vs. the channel on the response pads may need to be checked and reset in order to properly communicate with each other.  Please refer to the directions linked below for instructions on checking the channel on the response pads and changing the channel on the device manager.
  5. United Streaming - (a.k.a. KyEncyloMedia, Discovery Streaming) If you have forgotten your username and password, PLEASE DO NOT USE THE SCHOOL PASS-CODE to make another username and password. We have found that there are multiple accounts created which could cause issues when logging in.  If you have forgotten your username and password, email me and I will have it emailed to you. 
    1. On a related note, Some of the content from PBS stations can now be found on KET Teacher’s Domain. KET Teacher’s Domain requires a separate sign-up from United Streaming. Please follow the directions on the web-site http://www.ket.org/encyclomedia/ to register.

Outlook 2010 Client Setup Instructions

Updates on your Computer

Updating Java, Flash, Adobe Reader

Checking Clicker Channel

PostHeaderIcon Weekly Tech TIPS wk. of 8/29

Hello Everyone,

Hope your week is going well! It has definitely been a whirlwind start to the yearwhoo! Some quick Technology Tips and Resources are listed below.  If you would like to schedule time to meet, please email me some good days and times. 

Motto: True Technology INTEGRATION lets the curriculum drive the instructional technology tool to meet the objective/needs and not the reverse. 

  1. Sub Folder– Substitute teachers have accounts after they are officially been hired (with background checks). The directions for saving “digital files” and lesson plan information for subs to access is attached to the bottom of this post. Any existing subs who were already part of the district have probably not been trained on this new system yet, but will be trained soon and hopefully receive accounts as well. Remember that “long-term” subs have email and saving rights, but “short-term/daily” subs only have login rights (no email or file saving) so that they can use the technology in your room without having to share your passwords.  You SHOULD NOT share your passwords with anyone.
  2. WordPress Websites / Blogs – Please remember when logging into your WordPress site that your username does not have a dot between your first and last name. (example:  susanjenkins)  Also, the “Forgot Password” option on the login page is not activated so this will not give you your correct username or password.  If you have forgotten your username/password; please email me and I will reset it for you.
  3. Problems SAVING in WordPress – If you are experiencing problems saving in WordPress, you are probably working in a newer version of Internet Explorer than the version allowed in WordPress. So, to solve these saving issues, you must click on “Compatibility Mode” while in Internet Explorer (see picture below). Click the button by the web address that looks like a broken piece of paper. This will convert the items on your blog to fit the version of Internet Explorer you have and allow your items to post correctly.  If you have any problems or issues, please let me know.

 compatibility

 If you are getting an error when uploading files to your site, your media library may be too full and you will need to go in and delete some of last year’s files to make room on the site.  To do this, please follow the directions found on our technology website – http://ww2.bullittschools.org/technology/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Chapter-9-wordpress-deleting-files-in-media-library.pdf

  1. Technology Website / Resources We have rearranged some things on our Technology Website to make things a little easier to find. Under Teacher Resources you will find information organized in drop-down menus and on our Student Resources section you will find a tab dedicated to keyboarding activities that will help you cover some of the ELA Common Core Standards.  Take a look at these additions as well as our other resources on our BCPS technology site:  http://ww2.bullittschools.org/technology/
  2. Compass Learning  - Since the new rollout, you’ll notice the Teacher Homepage / Dashboard looks different. The instructional coach and I are working out a time for us to train you on the new interface.  Please don’t be afraid to play and try to figure out as much as you can prior to training. The content is still the same; just where things are found has changed a bit so you may have to look around.  Also, if you have forgotten your password, please email your building coach or me and we’ll get you the information as soon as possible. Even if you don’t have your teacher login to make assignments, remember that students can still login and access their grade level content or previous MAP assignments. Cheat sheets can be found on our technology website http://ww2.bullittschools.org/technology/ under Teacher Resources > Compass Learning.

 Have a wonderful week, 

 Susan

Sub Plan folder saving directions

PostHeaderIcon TIS Tech TIPS wk. of 8/15/11

Hello Everyone,

The first week is definitely in FULL SWING!  Sorry for the email length, but lots to cover. Some quick Technology Tips and resources are listed below. If you would like to schedule time to meet, please email me some good days and times. Remember, this year, to think true INTEGRATIONlet the curriculum drive the Tech Tool to meet the objective and not vice versa.

  1. Technology PD Our first district technology PD (Teacher Academy) is scheduled for Thursday, August 18th,  from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Roby Elementary Computer Lab.  The topic will be Technology Refresher / Open Lab.  This session will cover questions about various technology tools and resources available in the district.  This is a great time for new teachers to familiarize themselves with various tools and get questions answered.  Please follow this link to register http://ww4.bullittschools.org/pd/events.asp.  There is only space for 30 participants in the lab, but if you would like to bring your own laptop, Ipad, etc. that is fine.  PD Certificates will be sent to the principal after sign-in and participation.
  2. Sub Folder– Substitute teachers will have accounts after they have officially been hired.  The first group of newly hired subs are awaiting background checks so they will have accounts soon when all is official.  The directions for saving lesson plan information for subs to access is attached to this email. Any existing subs who were already part of the district will be trained and receive accounts sometime in September.
  3. Technology Website / Resources We have rearranged some things on our Technology Website to make things a little easier to find. Under Teacher Resources you will find information organized via drop down menus and on our Student Resources section you will find a tab dedicated to keyboarding activities that will help you cover some of those ELA Common Core Standards.  Take a look at these additions as well as our other resources on our technology site:  http://ww2.bullittschools.org/technology/
  4. WordPress Websites / Blogs – Please remember when logging into your WordPress site that your username does not use the dot in between your first and last name. Example:  susanjenkins – The “Forgot Password” option on the login page is not activated.  If you have forgotten your password; please email me and I will reset it for you.
  5. Creating Folders (Windows 7)   - Have you tried to create a folder in your Documents Library on Windows 7 and wonder where it went after you created it? In some cases the New Folder will not show up right away.  If that happens you will want to click on the blue back button to go back to the previous screen.  After that you will need to click on the forward button to return to the folder you would like to work in.

Have a great week,

~Susan

Sub Folder Instructions

PostHeaderIcon Wahoo…First Week Completed!

Hello Everyone,

Wahoo – made it through the first week! It definitely flew by…shoo!  I have been visiting some schools (and have some scheduled for later this month) to discuss some of the changes that have been made to your technology as well as some refreshers, troubleshooting, or answering questions about your existing tools.  I may be coming to your school in the next few weeks during a staff meeting or Early Release Day to talk about some new Web 2.0 Tools, Compass Learning rollout, and/or refresh you on tools within your building.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you with technology integration or locating technology resources. With the new ELA standards having heavily embedded technology items, there are many opportunities for project planning (digital storytelling, keyboarding, podcasting, Office programs), technology exposure and most of all, true technology integrationMy job is to make technology fit into your curriculum as seamlessly as possible.

Here is a funny technology cartoon to end your week:

chalkboardcartoonPlease feel free to email me if you would like to schedule a time to meet and discuss ways we can work together this year.  I will continue to send out my calendar on Monday’s, so please look for that email on Monday and let me know if you would like to schedule a time to meet.

Have a wonderful weekend…look forward to seeing you and working with you soon,

 

                                                                       ~Susan puzzle image

BCPSTechKy
Susan on Twitter
Follow Me on Pinterest